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those are the headlines. you can find us online, go to aljazeera.com. have a good night and a great weekend. [ ♪ music ] >> good evening, thanks for joining us. you are watching "america tonight", the weekend edition. i'm joie chen. we begin with the capture of one of america's most wanted men. joaquin guzman. known ag public enemy number one. el chapo. he had been running the biggest
multibillion international drug operations until his capture by mexican and u.s. forces. lawyers in mexico are fighting attempts to extra diet el chapo. thousand marched through the streets calling for his freedom. we report ex-continutensivexten he tells us why the arrest of el chapo was critical. >> if the sinalepo was a corporation, its headquarters will be in chicago. jack rhylry runs the dea filed office and says chicago's central location and highway system makes it the perfect place to move drugs from mexico to cities across the united states. >> from my point of view chicago, and the midwestern general is the most significant hub for the cartels in the
country. >> chicago's gang culture makes it a recruiting ground. with tens of thousands active gangs on the streets, they are easy to come by. >> what do you sell? >> crack, dope, x. we sell it. >> what do you have ear? >> crack. >> the gappingster disciples is a street gang on the west side of chicago, the lastling in the sina lowa drug cartel. >> where do they come from? >> we ask, and this is how we eat and feed our families. >> does it concern you that you sell a product that hurts people? >> survival of the fitst. i didn't do it to be a social worker. >> i say that the 80,000 street way members are the amway army that el chapo uses. they go door to door, but they are selling heroin, meth
amphetamine and cocaine. >> the last time el chapo spent time in a prison he escaped in a laundry cart by bribing cards. the get away was huge, and gave him a cult following not seen. for the past decade the web of tunnels linking seven homes in the resort city allowed el chapo to run the cartel whilst remaining in hiding. connected by tunnels, but he used the training system. the doors to the homes where he was found were reinforced with lead, causing delay in opening them, allowing for an escape through the tonneless. >> if extradited he could face trial in up to seven new york cities - from new york to san diego to elpassa. his cartel operates globally with major hubs in asia and europe. >> he's a major player, a big
player out of mexico. this is at a time when in new york city we are seeing a big infusion of mexican heroin, mexican marijuana going into colorado. the mexicans have, you know, they are close, it makes these drugs cheaper. taking out a guy like this is important. that's where a lot of focus has to be. we have to go after the guys abroad and the governments that support them. >> mexico - skepticism runs deep. el chapo may have been the face, but many say his capture is unlikely to cripple the cartel. >> he's one leader in the end it's a hydra. you cut off one head and two grow back in its mace. >>. >> translation: it's a smoke screen from the government. we are a corrupt government.
>> translation: the strike against joaquin guzman is important. however, what matters is the government's willingness to strike at the cartel's financial operations and maintain social programs to steer kids away from organised crime. >> steering kids away from organised crime requires understanding. i travelled to the state to find out what is driving the drug state. >> when the cartel office money to do drugs for them, is it tempting? you are that desperate for money? >> young men like this are too common in mexico. seeing a life washing up the chain of the cartel is the only way out of poverty. >> is that what you aspire to. you want to be in the big leagues of the cartel. >> federal officials in chicago were among the first to say they
wanted to try el chapo guzman. a spokesman told al jazeera that they are eager to prosecute him. >> i ask that the mexicans consider extraditing him to the united states where he'll be in a supermax prison under tight security where he cannot escape. >> what happens next gnth on what will win the battle. the drug trade or the u.s., where a generation of addicts have been born from the sina lowan empire. >> after the drug lord of joaquin guzman, they are bracing for violence. some mexican towns are not taking chances, taking security into their own hands. armed vigilante groups have gathered. some are residents of the united states. rather than flee from the extortion and murder they chose to stay and fight.
al jazeera's david mercer with the story. >> [ speaking foreign language ] >> this is a rap about life in his up to, battling the knights templar, and how their fight, however dangerous will never be in vain. after living in oregon for the past 20 years, he returned to where he was born. he found himself in the middle of a war. instead of fleeing. he and his brother fight back. >> it's our up to, our place, our home. what will we do, why would be leave. henna si says the knights templar drove him to defend his people. >> when you go to a home, because you have guns and the power and say i'm taking your daughter and this and that, that is wrong. hennessey along with his father and brother are part of a 20,000 strong vigilante movement that
sprung up. for years, heavily armed cartel members controlled hundreds of towns, exporting, kidnapping and killing. finally last year people had enough. tired of suspected ties between local law enforcement and the templars, they tripped police of their weapons and took over the security of their towns. >> two weeks we did what they didn't do in 10 years. and us is us. all my people. people that believed they had to be free again. >> they believe that freedom comes at a price. his mother fears every time her sons are called, it may be the last time she sees them. >> i give them my blessing and say take them, bring them home.
the knights templar will not just kill them, they are cowards and would torture them, like they did to my brother. >> elana escapes by looking at photographs of simpler times. some are from the time of living in the united states, others from 15 years ago show the community as a different place, when hard work and an entrepreneurial spirit helped them get ahead. they used to have a successful business. the knights templar came along and demanded up to $10,000 in protections money. everything changed. le now their sawmill looks like this. after years of building up the business, they were forced to abandon it. hennessey's brother says it's difficult for him to look back at how things used to be. >> we were doing good.
we had more than 15 people working. they were doing okay. you were feeding families. you were giving jobs to people that need it. >> many people here donate up to 25% of their income to support the vigilantes. in other parts of the state some farmers give 80% of their advocardo money to the union. this show of support forces authorities how to deal with the self self-defence groups. the mexican government tried to disarm them. on january 27th they changed tack tugs. now the federal police and military are working with the vigilantes, and initially it appears to pay off. >> in late january the government announced the rest of el-tio, a senior member. he wouldn't have been caught
without information from the self-defence groups. the army is further legitimizing the vigilantes, by incorporating them into a rural defense force. hennessey and others are willing to register if they can continue their controls. >> if they are with us, they are not against us. they are fully with us. we worry about us getting disarmed out in operations and that thing. now the government is with us. who is going to disarm us? >> the road to peace will not come easily. hennessey and riccardo are happy they no longer have though stand alone. >> this is a war that has gone on too long. >> coming up next on "america tonight". paralyzed. the medical mostry alarming parents and -- mystery alarming parents and puzzling doctors.
polio. sheila mcvicar has the story. >> sophia jarvis is four years old. before her second birthday she had trouble breathing and flu-like symptoms. her family took her to the doctor. >> as we left the appointment sophia went to the trshure box to grab a toy. i saw her left hand mid grasp stop working. >> that was a bad sign. sophia had a spinal inflammation and doctors did not know what caused it. sophia is one of 20 children in california since 2012 who have shown signs of a polio-like illness. one that leads to at least some paralysis. >> and the prognosis that we have seen is not good. >> dr keith is a paediatrician at stamford hospital. sophia's case is not the first.
>> most children have not recovered use of the arm or leg. we want to emphasise that this is rare. >> polio is a disease that debilitated tens of thousands of americans from childhood to old age. many patients lived their lives in iron lungs, artificial breathing machines. a vaccine was discovered and polio eradicated from the united states in 1979. some of the calvia children have been found to have a virus similar but not identical to polio. in every case the children have been vaccinated. >> our person is it's a virus. it's unproven. there are other viruses that can do this. the californian department of public health are hard at work trying to figure out what may be causing this. >> there's little information, and nothing that parents can do
to protect their children. >> for the most part they are devastated, wanting answers. i think we don't have the answers right now. >> for sophia it is likely she'll never regain the use of her left arm. doctors think the paralysis in other children will be permanent too. >> it was scary. >> sophia is coping. >> she told me all we need is love. >> and that, she adds, is what matters most. >> centres for disease control is searching. so far unsuccessfully for answers. in a statement to al jazeera. the c.b.c. explained that acute paralysis afp can have a variety of causes. it's not a disease, but a simply tom. it's hard to assess the numbers or if the cases are linked. doctors and parents hope for more information in may when researchers present their
findings at a major neurological conference. >> it's been two years since the death of trayvon martin, and this week president obama announced a $2 million initiative ensuring that his death will not be in feign. they will create a safety net for young boys. high dropout, unemployment plagued communities of colour. the goal for "my brother's keeper" is to put these young men on the path to success. >> can you talk, valerie, about the inspiration for the president? he is focussed on the issue of young men and bows and their futures. >> yes, he has. it's personal. he met the young mens from the "becoming a man" organization a year ago this february. they touched his heart. they reminded him of himself.
he lived in a better environment, and he had a mum and he had grandparents and teachers who looked out for him. his view was if every child - they should have the opportunities he had. we all have a responsibility to make sure we provide that to them, and there are examples of programs that are working, improving the young men, the boy's lives, putting them on a positive trajectory, and we should put them to scale. it's good, not just for moral reasons, but it's good for the economy. they are the workforce for tomorrow. >> you talk about what is good for the economy and important for business, you will need the partnership of business. this is an initiative funded not by the federal government. >> the president said it's not a big federal government program. we shouldn't require additional
resources, we should be smarter about how to use the resources and make sure they support programs that work and create incentives. this responsibility comes down on the business community. they can provide summer jobs, internship, mentorship, funding of not for profit organizations such as becoming a man. when you listen to the men talk about the program, it teaches them pride, anger management. self respect, how to treat women, how to be ambitious and have career goals. the discipline to do your homework and get ahead. graduate from high school, go on to college, so if we have programs like that over the country, it will make a difference. the president says we have a responsibility to personality our children. our fathers need to be involved in the lives of their children. our community needs to take care
of our children. if you have a single mum living next door to you, go and give her a hand, larl if you are a guy that could be a role model for the children. if you have uncles and grandparents and extended family, everyone needs to get involved. the boys are lagging behind. there are key times where if we intervene, we can make a difference. >> you talk about the involvement of corporate leaders. and there are a number of eclectic group of folks to advise him on this. who are those folks and why is it important to bring them together? >> sure, you have everyone from magic johnson, a star athlete, but is now a prominent businessman. he talked about it when he was interviewing people to hire. he has lots of women that apply, but not many black men. he said "why is that?", they need a pipeline of a diverse
range of applicants. they have american express, ter you havic -- terrific role model. we have heads of other companies - mcdonald's. deloitte, colin powell with an impressive foundation, 10 foundations that committed real resources. already $150 million and the promise to invest additional $200 million, and that's the beginning. >> i do want to clarify. we referred to young minority men and young black men. is this really a program directed towards young black people or is it across the board in all minority communities? what do you mean? >> primarily directed to black and latino men. they are the ones most at risks. if you look at the statistics, they are entering into school,
not really prepared. do we need early childhood programs. those are the ones lagging behind and learning to read by third grade and the evidence shows if you haven't learnt to read by third graham, the chances of -- third grade, then the chances of finishing high school are less. black and latino men are expelled from school or suspended from school, that leads to the juvenile delinquency system leading to the adults legal justice system. >> my brother's speaker, that's what the advisor to the president has been talking about. >> looking ahead - been there, done that. he's been the top cop, been to rykers island and tried to bring stability to iraq. and why he's changed his mind about some elements of the u.s.
judicial system. >> if we continue to ipp cars rate black men at the same time rate. 30 years from now, 35% of black men will be incars rited or under the judicial thumb of the justice department or some justice system. is the that what we want? is that what the system was created for? the system is broken and has to be fixed. >> what former n.y.p.d. commissioner - "on the other side", next week on "america tonight". >> this week al jazeera was joined by thousands of supporters from around the world in a sign of solidarity for journalists from al jazeera english. mohamed fadel fahmy, mohammed badr, and peter greste have been detained in egypt for two months, accused of spreading false news and having ties to a terrorist organization. al jazeera rejects the tart and the needs for freedom of press
was highlighted in 40 cities from around the globe. from africa to america, west coast to east, and in more than 30 counties - brazil, cambodia, saudi arabia to name a few, people gathered to protest drawing attention to imprisoned journalists everywhere. in mexico they put down the cameras. in washington lawmakers joined in the call for our colleagues to be freed. >> we expressed concerns about the detainment and trial of al jazeera staff and others. we have express them to the government of egypt and strongly urged the government to drop the charges and release the journalists that have been detained. >> we are following as voices across the world join in to speak for free speech. if you want to join the twitter hash tag: >> after a promise, a promise
>> now to our special series "aging america", and the toughest challenges facing our generation. parenting our parents. every six seconds another person turns 65 in america. sooner or later there's one question we have to face. who will take care of me. "america tonight" correspondent begins with a popular caretaker. family members. most of them daughters, who become an invisible army, taking on the parenting of mums and dads. >> she said, "just promise me one thing - that you'll take care of dad." that was my mother's only dying request of me. and i said i would. of course. >> to hear her tell it maria mccloy's father robert was more nan a good provider, he was clarnaler than life. a -- larger than life. a successful artist, a world
traveller who spent his 20s living in europe. maria grew up in a home outside san francisco surrounded by his paintings. if you could describe him what would you say? >> renaissance man. he could do many things, he's so talented. >> this is me as a child. this was my first car. >> when did you realise that something was changing with your father? >> about five years ago. how do you like to eat it now. are you hungry. how about carrot, raisin and banana salad. >> he was forgetful. couldn't remember the sequence of events of yesterday. i discovered that he hadn't opened bank statements for more than a year. >> for more than a year. >> i said, "dad, i'm taking over your finances, give me your
stuff.". i spent the next five months dealing with the bank, getting power of attorney, making him stop driving because he had his licence taken away. >> pretty. >> she is one of the 40 million americans considered informal caregivers, the silent army of family members providing care to a sky rocketing number of aging adults. according to a 2013 peace study. people like marina are at the forefront of a care gap. 70 adult are capable of providing care for those aimed 40 and older. that ratio falls to 4-1. three-quarters of caregivers are holding down jobs. marina is no exception. in order to work she had to enrol her daughter in day care. for the first month he fought
me. >> it was tough. >> what is involved in that? >> trying to get him in the car. he called a lot of sarcastic things in the beginning when he didn't want to go. i have to go to adult nursery school. half of me wants to say "you know what, you are light, i'll let you live your life the way you want." i can't. he can't remember to give regular meals, his doctor told me she didn't think he was taking his medicine. the cost for adult day care and professional caregiver is nearly $36,000. luckily for marina her father purchased long-term care insurance. >> be bought it and forgot about it the next day. >> with the insurance marina's life revolves around her father. she cleans and cooks, and looks after him.
>> everyone wants a life. i wonder to what extent your personal live is sufing. >> i don't feel i have a choice. what is the other choice - to give up. >> has this made you change how you view your future? >> yes. >> how sou? >> i don't want my daughter to go through this. if she sees me starting to decline, let me go down to the desert and dry up. not come visit. >> you can't be serious about that. you're suggesting that your daughter leave you alone and continue to live here life. really? >> i don't want to burden her with having to take care of me. i wouldn't want her to be burdened with that. >> in some ways marina is lucky.
alexandra who asked us to use her first name lived clear across the country. >> he tells me he's in love. me met this woman at the supermarket who he's in love with and she's wonderful. all of a sudden she's seeing the woman every day. my father is over 80. the red lights are going over here. >> he met her in a parking lot, not in her apartment. she said she's asking me for money, she has to fly to new york and get surringry. he had given they are $20,000 in cash. that's when i said you have to come to california, you can't live by yourself. she brought him to california, not to the home.
neither she nor her husband felt they could handle him. at the retirement home he was a handful. >> he called me several times a day to yell. i had to block his calls. >> you were working as a lawyer. >> right. >> how could you do your job and look after the needs of your father. >> i left my job. >> you left your job as a lawyer. >> it was more important to look after my father and myself and my husband. i couldn't do all of those things without falling apart. >> last year a study found that half adults in the 40s and 50s have an elderly parent. >> this is the place. here is where me and my brother comes and play's baseball.
>> when tracy left her home in south carolina, she thought her stay would last two weeks. she's still there. >> my facebook is called "my journey as a daughter." >> we came across penning through her facebook page, a painful record as a sol caregiver. >> the youngest of five children. penny was a natural care giver. the relationship with her father was close. > i am my father. telling it like it is. whether you wanted to hear it or not. >> dat and mum are the angels. >> when she arrived. penny realised that they needed more than help. >> trained in nursing she took over care.
>> my dad don't want anybody in his house. i ask him. dad, i think i'm getting ready to go home this week. "how long are you going to be?" "when are you coming back?" i know that's him telling me, "i'm scared, don't go." >> in florida penny left behind her own family, a husband and a 14-year-old son. the situation brought her marriage to the brink of divorce. >> my mus band is like a single father. so i expect him to have resentment. it's okay. but i also need his - i need to know i have his support. >> what bothers her is being away from her son. >> he'll be 15, april 1st.
i have missed a lot of first things with him. first year high school. mother of the year. i've got so much. i have a florida home, i have my husband and my son, and my mum and dad. well, which is more important - the mother or the daughter? >> it's an unanswerable question for tracy penning and for so many others. >> looking ahead to next week on "america tonight". parenting an adult with autism. >> what is it like for parents with autistic children when the educational support suddenly ends. >> parents are scared to death. the number one question is what will happen to my children or my child after my husband and i
die? and along comes with that is what will happen to them as an adult. >> when letting go is difficult. correspondent chris brewery meets an independent adult and inspiring mother preparing other families for the inevitable. that story on monday. after the black. the reel filomena lee, her touching life story bringing her to america for hollywood's biggest night. that's up
states. dame judy dench has been nominated for best action res for her portrayal of filomena. we met with the real filomena lee and her daughter jane. she heard their touching story. >> i know this woman, she had a baby when she was a teenager. >> he was three and a half. he was the most loving, beautiful child, you know, lovely little boy. >> i'd like to know if he talked of me. [ ♪ music ]. >> i think of him every day. >> i was in my '70s, i thought i have to find it. it's all she wanted to do, find what happened to him. of course, it was kept a buried secret. women of my age did, you were so ostracised and there was the guilt. which, of course, you carried that a long way through your
life, you know. >> 10 years ago your mother told you this extraordinary story. >> i didn't have an inkling beforehand. when she told me it made sense. we had these little photographs of antony. i asked her once when i was a child who it was, and she said it was her cousin's sop, but i realised straight away who this little boy was. i used to think he could be in vietnam, on skid row, he could be anything. but prayed in my heart that he would be safe, that he was doing well. and my prayers were heard. he did well. >> what a terrible thing to carry. the relief when i told her. she didn't reject me. she said "i felt sorry for youmm. >> i can't imagine what it must have been like to lose a child
at 3.5 years old. i was delighted that there was another brother and i was happy about that. happy to try searching for him. >> my guess is that anthony was adopted and sent to america. >> i think i would like to go. >> i was so excited. i had found him at last. she said, "have you got someone with you?", i said, "yes." she said, "i'm sorry to tell you he's dead." it was like losing him all over again. he was 43 years of age. we headed to where he was born and we saw the nuns. >> they told us that he had died but not that he was buried there. >> and he was buried there because he was looking for you. >> he was gay, he developed aids. his partner - they went looking for me. the final stage he said, "look,
when i die, will you bring my ashes back so that one day my mother may find me." >> once you found the grave it gave you comfort. >> of course. >> i remember thinking, "he must have wanted to be found." he'd been told me was abandoned at two weeks. >> it must have been painful. >> to think he died thinking i had abandoned him. >> do you believe that's what he thought? >> no, he knew somehow or other, requesting to be buried back there, showing one day i would find him. that brings a tear to my eye. >> how does it feel for you. for 50 years you kept the secret so close. how does it feel now to talk to everybody about it. >> at my age, so many women my
age felt they can't come out with the secret and tell their families, i hope it will help others to come out. >> you have been on two journeys. the journey to find antony, and now this sort of different journey. it has you in television studios, walking red core pets and going off to the -- carpets and going off to the oscars. >> i know, can you believe it. seven weeks ago i wouldn't have known this sort of thing would happen. >> what do you make of it all? >> i'm enjoying it. it will never again happen to me. i'm making the most of it. everyone has been so lovely and kind. i'm making the most of it. >> she'd been looking for him her whole life. >> ahead in our final thoughts this hour - trying to rob a
literally tape taken out of a chunk of a wall and offered up for auction. another well-known banksy peace almost suffered the same fate until eagle-eyed new orleansans stepped in to save the day. adam may with the story. >> it's known as um brel area girl, one of a series of street murals created by banksy when the artist visited in 2008. it is considered one of the most beautiful. a bereft young girl rained pop by the umbrella which she is using for application. many in new orleans saw um brel area girl as a -- umbrella girl as a metaphor for the levies that failed. they guarded it, shopping attempts to deface it. imagine the surprise and outrage when they woke up to the photos in the local newspapers of a man attempting to remove the painting. the photographer who took the
pictures along with others confronted him and their associate. the men left. new orleans's police treated it as a left. >> it wouldn't be the first time that has happened to a banksy. hacking banksy's out of walls has become a pastime. chris arnold works for the kessler gallery, selling a lot of banksies, acquired legitimately. banksy is a well-known british street artist and started with street pieces in europe. he has become very hot. in eight years he went from a few hundred pounds to selling a million and eight from sotheby's. that's pounds as in british money. we caught up with arnold at the miami art week, a bash dedicated to celebrating contemporary art.
he brought this banksy hoping to sell it. >> to move it. we need bubble wrap but to remove street work you have to drill 25 holes around it and put steel bars in it. put a metal frame on the back, get all kinds of forklifts, put it on a truck without it breaking down. take it down the road and put it in an art show. i didn't sleep for three days. >> not everyone is so enthusiast tick that the bandaged heart may end up in the hedge fund of a billionaire. where it stood, the painting was a local sensation. this man, true to his brooklyn roots summed up the sentiment best. >> it sucks. into back in new orleans, the men trying to remove the banksy said they were doing it tonne behalf of the tait. a well-known british museum.
we asked if that was the case. they six said, "no." besides, the men's efforts may have been for naut. "bandaged heart" failed to sell at access. >> finally we consider a question asked in moral situations - what would you do? an unusual campaign from a bus stop in norway became a successful attempt to bring in compassion from the cold. >> this is yohan. 11 years old, sitting, clearly freezing. apparently all alone at a bus stop in the norwegian capital oslo. a hidden camera captured the reaction from strangers. they saw him teeth chattering in the cold.
one by one they offer him the clothes off their backs. in a show of sympathy and basic humankindness. the nonprofit group sos children's group released the footage. >> the inspiration was the work that we have been doing in viel ims in syria, where the winter has been harsh. and special need was the children and families that's internally displaced in syria because of the war. this conflict and the war. it's been going on for three years and we've seen horrible images from the war and the situation that the children
and the people are in. and i think it's easier to get numb when you see the footage for a long time. what we did was to get dressed from a different angle and tried to tell the story in a different way. to try to identify more with the situation of the children. >> more than 2.5 people led the fighting in syria. half are children. forced to live in makeshift shelters during what has been a bitterly cold winter. more than a million more desplaced within syria, and the number is steadily rising. >> sos children's veil ims is there in two different camps, handing out blankets and coats to local families. >> the impact is tremendous. we have had response from all over the world. >> i think about 15 million
people viewed the film. we've had a great success with the fundraising campaign in norway. that means that we are able to actually provide children in families in horrible situations in syria with the help that they need so desperately. children are the same over the world. if they are freezing in norway or syria, it's the same, it's our responsibility to help them keep warm and to stand up for their rights and to really care. >> in the weeks since the johan video was posted, sos children's video raised more than 364,000, ten times the goal. that's it for us on "america tonight". remember if you would like to comment on any story, log on to the website. you can meet the team, get sneak peaks of stories we are working on and tell us what you would
military men filled the streets. ukraine says it will not be provoked into a conflict. >> the u.n. held a meeting to discuss the crisis. the u.s. is calling for negotiations and international monitors. but the council took no action. the permanent member of the russia, they have veto power and can block any resolution. >> vladimir putin has been urged to find a peaceful resolution by president obama. they were on the phone for 90 minutes. president obama was deeply concerned but vladimir putin insists he was protecting his country's interests. >> protesters are back on the streets of venezuela. protesters accused of human rites abuses. people are angry over high inflation, food shortages and violent crime. >> in california, a relentless downpour is forcing the evacuation of hundreds. main concerns - mudslides caused
by flooding. those are the headlines on this saturday night. i'll be back live at 11 eastern. until then "consider this" is up next. for updates around the world just go to aljazeera.com. appear >> for the past month we have been the only tv show to bring you all oscar nominee documentaries. the variety of stories is breathtaking. they range from a death squad to the unarmed organizers and cameramen of you know risings in egypt and yemen. back up singers who fought